South Pacific Central Banks and Griffith University have established a joint funding program to allow up to four suitably qualified, Central Bank supported candidates to enrol in the Doctor of Philosophy program at Griffith University each year.

The Central Banks will provide successful awardees with a living stipend of $28,092 (2020 rate, indexed annually) per annum for the entire duration of the PhD program.

Successful applicants will also be awarded a Griffith University International Postgraduate Research Scholarship to cover tuition fees for up to three years. Please see the GUIPRS Conditions of Award for more information, as well as Overseas Student Health Cover for up to 42 months. A six month extension to the tuition scholarship may be granted in certain circumstances.

Applicants approved by the Central Banks* can apply for PhD admission and scholarship at Griffith.

To apply for admission and scholarship, doctoral candidates must:

  • Hold a masters degree incorporating a research component deemed appropriate by Griffith University; and
  • Have a grade of 6.0 ( on a 7.0 point scale) for the research component and an overall Grade Point Average of 6.0 (on a 7.0 point scale) for the masters, or equivalent program, or
  • Have a record of research, or a qualification granted by a professional or other body deemed by the Dean of the Griffith Graduate Research School to be of a standard comparable to a bachelor degree with honours Class I.

*the Bank of Papua New Guinea, Reserve Bank of Fiji, the Central Bank of Solomon Islands, the Central Bank of Timor-Leste and the Reserve Bank of Vanuatu.

Applicants nominated by the Central Banks will apply for admission to Griffith University. Please ensure you seek approval from Central Banks before applying and indicate on your application form that you are applying for a South Pacific Central Banks and Griffith University PhD Scholarship.

Griffith will assess all applications in accordance with PhD admission requirements and scholarship eligibility requirements, including English language proficiency.

The final selection decision will be made by Griffith.

Successful applicants will have a choice of 3 intakes at Griffith:

Intake 2, 2020: 20 April 2020

Intake 3, 2020: 6 July 2020

Intake 4, 2020: 12 October 2020

For more information please visit our website or email

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